I saw this recently on Billions of Brood X cicadas emerging for first time since 2004: What to know – CNET: https://www.cnet.com/how-to/billions-of-brood-x-cicadas-emerging-for-first-time-since-2004-what-to-know/. Decided it was an unusual addition to this week’s Weirdness Wednesday post. Much longer article, but here’s a brief synopsis.
Leslie Katz April 13, 2021
The insects of Brood X are burrowing out of their underground homes in 15 US states, plus Washington, DC. Prepare yourself for a lot of buzzing.The first episode has notched up half a million YouTube views.
Parts of the eastern and southern United States are about to witness a remarkable sight: billions of cicadas tunneling out from underground for the first time in 17 years to swarm outdoor spaces and share their loud collective mating calls.
Periodical cicadas, as they’re known, spend almost their whole lives a foot or two underground, living on sap from tree roots. Then, in the spring of their 13th or 17th year, mature cicada nymphs burrow out from the ground for a short adult stage, synchronously and in huge numbers. Really huge numbers.
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